Virat Kohli scored his 35th ODI hundred © AFP
Virat Kohli scored his 35th ODI hundred © AFP

India won the sixth and final ODI by 8 wickets, claiming the series 1-5. The Centurion ODI will be remembered for Virat Kohli. Kohli, apart from scoring his 35th ODI hundred, also rewrote quite a few records on his way. Let us have a look at the top highlights of the match:

Shardul Thakur’s best ODI figures: Playing in only his second ODI, Thakur gave his all. Despite being hit for boundaries, Thakur claimed key wickets. Both Hashim Amla and Aiden Markram were guilty of giving their wickets away. Thakur displayed good variation in his first spell.

He went on to take couple of more wickets in the form of Farhaan Behardien and Andile Phehlukwayo.

Khaya Zondo’s maiden half-century: Zondo came out to bat when South Africa were in trouble. He tried to steady the home side’s boat along with AB de Villiers and Heinrich Klaasen. Zondo stood like pillar at one end, as his partners were knocked over. He went on to score his maiden ODI fifty.

Andile Phehlukwayo, Morne Morkel’s resistance: At 151 for 7, South Africa had no hopes of crossing the 200-run mark. It was then that Andile Phehlukwayo and Morne Morkel provided some entertainment for the crowd.

Phehlukwayo, known for his lusty blows, held one end up, while Morkel provided the fireworks. The pair added 36 in 40 balls before Morkel fell for 20.

Virat Kohli’s record-breaking night: Kohli continued to break records and rewrite few records during the sixth ODI. Kohli became the first man to score 500 runs in a bilateral series. He also now has the most runs in a bilateral series as captain, surpassing George Bailey (478). He also has the most runs in a bilateral series in South Afric,a going past Kevin Pietersen’s tally of 454.

Kohli scored his 35th ODI hundred in 82 balls. He remained not out on 125* alongside Ajinkya Rahane (34*) to take India to victory, and thus claim the series 5-1.

Brief scores:

South Africa 205 in 46.5 overs (Aiden Markram 24, Khaya Zondo 54; Shardul Thakur 4 for 52) lost to India 206 for 2 in 32.1 overs (Virat Kohli 129*, Ajinkya Rahane 34*; Lungi Ngidi 2 for 54) by 8 wickets.

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